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 Posted:   Jun 12, 2013 - 7:11 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Texas Chainsaw (2012) -- 3/10

Interestingly conceptualized; unforgiveably poorly executed.

A few intriguing ideas here and a nice twist of narrative expectations, but for every good notion or scare there are twenty awful parts and laughable moments. One step forward, fifty steps backward, etc.

Not the worst horror movie I've ever seen, but with its disturbing twist premise it could have been so much more. It did turn out to be unlike any Texas Chainsaw Massacre that's ever been done, which is something I guess.

 
 Posted:   Jun 13, 2013 - 2:36 PM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

I think when it comes to Leatherface, the original is for me the only decent one out of sequels/remakes...

My brother recommended to me 'The Goods Live Hard Sell Hard", comedy from 2009 with Will Ferrell cameo, also stars a lot of Hangover/anchorman regulars. Was actually pretty funny, I liked the DJ character who refuses to take requests big grin A lot of the gags and characters feel like SNL bits but the movie rolls with it and let's be honest, as far as comedies about car salesmen go, this would have to be the best one. 7/10

 
 Posted:   Jun 13, 2013 - 3:31 PM   
 By:   Storyteller   (Member)

Texas Chainsaw (2012) -- 3/10

Interestingly conceptualized; unforgiveably poorly executed.

A few intriguing ideas here and a nice twist of narrative expectations, but for every good notion or scare there are twenty awful parts and laughable moments. One step forward, fifty steps backward, etc.

Not the worst horror movie I've ever seen, but with its disturbing twist premise it could have been so much more. It did turn out to be unlike any Texas Chainsaw Massacre that's ever been done, which is something I guess.





It's funny, but all these sequel remakes keep making TCM 2 look better and better. Then again, I always liked that film. But compared to these, it's a masterpiece.

 
 Posted:   Jun 13, 2013 - 5:59 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

It's funny, but all these sequel remakes keep making TCM 2 look better and better. Then again, I always liked that film. But compared to these, it's a masterpiece.

You've seen Texas Chainsaw 2012?

 
 Posted:   Jun 14, 2013 - 4:01 AM   
 By:   The REAL BJBien   (Member)

MAN OF STEEL 6/10

I'll keep it spoiler free ...

First 70 minutes are INCREDIBLY choppy and almost incoherent to be complete honest. the film jumps from 33 year old Kent to child to teen to child to young adult all while telling the story in present time and it all is thrown in such a fast fashion that very little actually breathes.

The 90 minutes are wall to wall action and it certainly nails that in every way possible but the levels of massive destruction is almost overwhelming.

The problem is the first half is just back story and basically "themes" and moments about "choice" and the second half of the film is Superman dealing with General Zod and his army all of which are at Earth and essentially are Superman's' problem fault and his mess to clean up.

There is really no 3 act structure, there are no set ups or pay offs, it all simple plays out INSANELY simple.

 
 Posted:   Jun 14, 2013 - 8:51 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

So all the Superman origin stuff are done as flash backs? Interesting.

 
 Posted:   Jun 14, 2013 - 9:48 AM   
 By:   The REAL BJBien   (Member)

So all the Superman origin stuff are done as flash backs? Interesting.

It opens with Krypton which itself is quiet amazing and then jumps to the open sea where from the trailers you see Clark as a fisherman. Then the sequence in the oil rig occurs and it ends with Clark in the water and off into a flash back of young Clark and then a returns to Clark and then repeats this over and over.

 
 Posted:   Jun 14, 2013 - 11:45 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

So all the Superman origin stuff are done as flash backs? Interesting.

It opens with Krypton which itself is quiet amazing and then jumps to the open sea where from the trailers you see Clark as a fisherman. Then the sequence in the oil rig occurs and it ends with Clark in the water and off into a flash back of young Clark and then a returns to Clark and then repeats this over and over.


Well I like this approach over another "lets start from the beginning" origin story which I have no interest in sitting through. To bad he couldn't pull it off.

 
 Posted:   Jun 14, 2013 - 12:13 PM   
 By:   The REAL BJBien   (Member)

So all the Superman origin stuff are done as flash backs? Interesting.

It opens with Krypton which itself is quiet amazing and then jumps to the open sea where from the trailers you see Clark as a fisherman. Then the sequence in the oil rig occurs and it ends with Clark in the water and off into a flash back of young Clark and then a returns to Clark and then repeats this over and over.


Well I like this approach over another "lets start from the beginning" origin story which I have no interest in sitting through. To bad he couldn't pull it off.


The scenes in it of themselves are beautiful and some are very touching truth be told. Kostner and Lane do wonderful as Pa and Ma Kent but sadly these scenes aren't given much time breath. Russel Crowe also does damn good as Kal-El but sadly after the opening when he does return again his performance is limited by the "plot restrictions" but over all he certainly pulled off giving his role some weight.

I think I might give it one more watch in IMAX or 3D truth be told.

 
 Posted:   Jun 14, 2013 - 3:10 PM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

The Green Mile 10/10

Caught this on tv tonight, it must be the 5th or 6th time I've seen the movie (I think I went and saw it at least two times in the theater) and it's such a strong movie with well written characters and such an imaginative story. I have fond memories picking up the volumes in the bookstore and discovering what happened in each one. Darabont really did a great job bringing it all to life and once again the score by Thomas Newman is perfection.

The Call 6,5/10

Finally got around to seeing it; movie starts out strong with Halle Berry as a call operator doing everything she can to help victims of a serial killer. The first hour is edge of your seat, literally a great thrill ride. Then it suddenly looses all credibility and there is no believable payoff or resolution. SPOILER Yes, I was expecting Berry to face the serial killer face to face, how the movie does this by having her go to the crime scene (abandonned!?) and then deciding to take the law into her own hands, it just didn't work and so atypical of her character. Also, what happened to her cop boyfriend? There's no resolution there.. So definitely a good half in this movie but I suspect there was an alternate ending or at least a different route, but the one they ended up with is so banal. The serial killer is creepy and effective. Debney's score is unlike anything I've heard of his, very electronic and ambient and I liked it, it helps to amp up the terror and the suspense. I can't give it a 7 out of 10 simply because of the disappointment with the third act... Otherwise decent attempt.

 
 Posted:   Jun 15, 2013 - 2:26 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

Man of Steel (2013) - 10/10

The character of Superman comes with many different expectations depending on which prior film and TV versions of his story you have seen. After the fizzle of "Superman Returns" in 2006, we are finally given a true re-imagining of the story in the aptly titled "Man of Steel." Gone are the days where Superman faces nothing but human villains. This new variation infuses the story with more realism, giving audiences a look at the origins of the character with a scope that few recent films have delivered.

By putting more focus on the alien world where Superman came from, the film has a much more science-fiction feel than ever before. It is a mixture of the old Superman with Star Trek and Transformers. It is fitting then that Hans Zimmer decided to take a completely different approach with the music. Gone are the soaring themes of John Williams played by full orchestra. Instead the music is largely driven by heavy percussion and any traditional instruments are made to sound closer to synths. The result is a musical feel that is different than what we have come to expect from modern blockbusters. The music manages to present a number of intimate cues for solo cello and solo piano that heighten the emotion of major scenes.

The story opens with a bang, with major action as war breaks out on Krypton and Superman is sent off to Earth. We are then given a development of Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) through a number of flashback sequences followed by heavy action in the second half of the film. Amy Adams plays the young reporter and love interest Lois Lane and does a fantastic job. Cavill manages to come across as both likable and heroic and makes a fantastic Superman. The supporting cast includes a number of big actors, including Russel Crowe and Kevin Costner, who all deliver satisfying performances. Michael Shannon is phenomenal as the villain, giving a heavy dose of menacing anger.

"Man of Steel" delivers huge spectacle and plenty of action while delivering a fresh plot. The movie is much darker than previous films and the destruction is jaw-dropping. It is unlikely that any other movies this summer will deliver anything as epic as "Man of Steel." If you are not particularly attached to prior Superman films, you will find an engrossing film that moves by quickly despite its long run-time. I look forward to seeing where this new Superman franchise takes us in the years to come.

Note to BJ - I didn't really think the beginning was all that disjointed. It was quite easy to follow and I really liked how they handled it.

 
 Posted:   Jun 15, 2013 - 3:54 PM   
 By:   The REAL BJBien   (Member)

It isn't disjointed to you but I felt it was incredibly choppy and moved awfully fast for a film that has a running time of 150 mins [one imagines a 180 min cut will eventually exist] but if you really think about it...

What is the point of Clark working as a cook and as a fisher man during the introduction of the movie...what as the purpose? Why did he leave town? What was he searing for? I mean really think about it because unless he was "testing" himself in a "let me help others but avoid some attention only to you know...NOT" it makes no sense from a logical point.

It also makes it all the more silly that he "happens" to stumble onto listening to those soldiers talk about something that leads him to a Kryptonian ship and this again leads me to ask...how did he fake all the paper properly to fool the US GOVERNMENT?

I also didn't like the jumps in ages and felt like each flashback was just really an excuse for a monologue and I liked the Costner scenes mind you.

Now here is another thing that makes no sense... why did Jonathan have to die in order to teach Clark a lesson and what exactly was that lesson? The some people HAVE TO DIE? The world isn't ready to see his true powers and abilities? That you can't save everyone and must let some die in order to keep your secret safe?


I'm going to move this to the film thread as well.

 
 Posted:   Jun 15, 2013 - 6:46 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Fast Five (2011) -- 7.5/10

 
 Posted:   Jun 15, 2013 - 8:46 PM   
 By:   The REAL BJBien   (Member)

Fast Five (2011) -- 7.5/10

- World's Longest Runway
- Everyone Can Fly
- Best Catch Ever!

 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2013 - 6:52 AM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Fast Five (2011) -- 7.5/10

- World's Longest Runway
- Everyone Can Fly
- Best Catch Ever!


I don't remember any of what you're describing. There were no scenes on a runway except when Hobbs and his team are unloading their gear when Hobbs is first introduced. Paul Walker jumped from train to car, wouldn't call it flying necessarily. What catch?

 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2013 - 9:04 AM   
 By:   TominAtl   (Member)

Well, after enduring a long, drawn out dread of how Jack Snyders/Christopher Nolan's reboot of Superman was going to be, I will say up right up front that overall it's not a bad film by any stretch of the imagination. That is not to say though it's up to the level of "Iron Man", or "The Dark Knight". While entertaining, it does make one yearn for it to be "more".

When I heard that Jack Snyder was tapped to direct Man of Steel my first reaction one of "what were they thinking?", which was pretty much my thinking when Howard Shore was hired to score LOTR. However, Shore's contribution and artistry was a stroke of genius and helped to make the series as critically and financially successful as it became. I still do not understand the logic in bringing on Snyder who was and is still a relatively unknown quantity. "Dawn of the Dead" was one of the best horror remakes ever and "300" was a successful but superfluous nonsense. "Watchmen" and "Sucker Punch" were dreary, morose and boring pieces of eye candy. "Legend of the Guardians" was again a beautiful to look at animation and was watchable but was still heavy handed and a bit too serious and a bit violent for younger views.

I will get what I did not like out of the way first, starting with the primary use of hand held cameras. For this kind of movie, it was unnecessary and a bit distracting. While it didn't ruin the movie, that along with the high grain in the film stock gave it a more of a cheap feel to it at times. Second, the color palette was too monochrome blue, though not overly saturated thank God. The score is also a missed opportunity and is highly repetitive as hear in the film, particularly the final 3rd. There is no strong melody but more of a motif or theme, however it is certainly not memorable until you've heard it repeated only God knows how many times. Then there is the structure of the film in the form of flashbacks, which for me takes away from an overall emotional punch that could have been much more focused than it became. And lastly, surprisingly, the effects were at times disappointing. I know it is hard to try and show superhero's move blazingly fast and Snyder employed the "Battlestar Galactica" trick of docu style focus on movie objects. That works for non combat scenes but the blurs of fast moving men and women looks cheap. The destruction of buildings and being thrown through towers and businesses all became tiresome and tedious during the last 3rd of the movie. It just goes and goes and goes, like the Energizer Bunny Rabbit. There is almost no end to the mayhem. In other words, the pacing is off for the movie, with the 1st half the strongest and the last half, the so called Pay Off, is the weakest.

Now for the good: Cavill is great as Clark Kent/Superman. The man got his acting chops from starring in several TV shows and films, including the excellent Showtime series "The Tudors". Not to mention he is his one of the best looking men working in movies today. He does add gravitas to the role of Clark, one who feels out of place in this world and is a bit lost. In fact the whole cast is quite good but in particular to me was Kevin Costner playing Jonathan Kent, his earthly father. He keeps telling the Clark he will know when the time is right to reveal himself but constantly had to remind him to keep his "secret" under wraps while growing up. The world is not ready for him yet. He is also involved in the most emotional part of the film, when during a ravaging tornado Jonathon rescues the family dog trapped in their car while on the highway and knows he cannot make back to the overpass in time for safety. Clark is about to run out and save him but Jonathan holds up his hand to keep him back lest he reveals himself to the huddling crowd around, knowing it still wasn't time yet to do so. It really packs an emotional wallop, one that I haven't experienced from a Superman film since Christopher Reeve screams in agony when he didn't make it back in time to save Lois Lane in "Superman: The Movie".

I also liked the way writers David S Goyer and Nolan do not have Clark start out in the world as a reporter at the beginning of the film and how they slyly changed the relationship between Lois Lane, (nicely realized and not overly plucky) and Clark. And I really enjoyed the prologue on Krypton, setting us up for the motivation of General Zod. He is not psychotic(at least at the beginning) but has real reason behind his methods. No he is not a nice man but he is more 3 dimensional than say Terrance Stamps version(which I still love by the way) which was pretty much megalomania.

So given all the hype and hoopla it does fall short of expectations but it is not a bad film. The previews do make it seem a more emotionally involving film but the structure belies that and trips itself up by chopping it up in flashback mode. The first half is much stronger during this time than the noisy, balls to the wall action fest the last half or 3rd fall into. The score is also a disappointment, thematically week and too repetitive near the end, sounding more like noise and thunder than an exciting film score. And it's a shame that much of the mayhem doesn't have an authentic feel to it, even with the use of hand held cameras. "Transformers" showed us how amazingly real CGI can look given the right hands. But "Transformers" were stupid, insipid films, devoid of thought or story. At least "Man of Steel" has its heart in the right place, and it would have been a classic if it only were in the right directors hands.

7/10

 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2013 - 11:29 AM   
 By:   The REAL BJBien   (Member)

Fast Five (2011) -- 7.5/10

- World's Longest Runway
- Everyone Can Fly
- Best Catch Ever!


I don't remember any of what you're describing. There were no scenes on a runway except when Hobbs and his team are unloading their gear when Hobbs is first introduced. Paul Walker jumped from train to car, wouldn't call it flying necessarily. What catch?


Oh I'm sorry, I was thinking FURIOUS SIX.

FAST FIVE was:

- Indestructible BabyMama
- SAMOAN THOR -- Always Sweating, Always Shinny, Always Flexing
- “I had a life before you knew me” explains and covers EVERYTHING
- You can in fact steer a safe

 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2013 - 1:01 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

Interesting points. I didn't really notice any handheld camera and thought the action at the end was fantastic. Yes it was relentless but it really drew me in. If anything the lens flare was a bit annoying though not as bad as JJ Abrams.

 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2013 - 9:25 PM   
 By:   Michaelware   (Member)

District 9
8/10 ****
Touching. Sometimes you just have to adapt.

 
 Posted:   Jun 17, 2013 - 9:22 AM   
 By:   Michaelware   (Member)

I Wish (Kiseki ) 9/10 ****


Kore-eda is one of the few filmmakers on earth whom I still actually admire. He sticks to truthful things and avoids the koolaid. That is a big achievement because it respects the audience. He prev. directed Nobody Knows, After Life, and Still Walking.

So what makes this movie special? It's about two kids and their pals. The hero is troubled by his parents' divorce and conflicting values being instilled in him by each. The mother is at a loss over what to do with her life and blames it on her estranged husband who is a musician. The musician cares for their other son and lives a laid back happily irresponsible mongrel life playing gigs in the indie scene. His kid seems well balanced though goes into a nervous space when the parents argue. So the uptight kid wants to reunite with his brother and get his parents back. He wishes a giant volcano nearby would erupt and make everyone move and throw them all together in an emergency. He hears about how if the two lines of the new bullet train cross at the same time and you make a wish then, it will come true. He gets all his pals to play hooky in an elaborate mission impossible maneuver to make the trip to that point. His brother is convinced to go too, and gathers his pals who are mostly girls, one of whom wishes to be an actress but can't convince herself she is confident. The kids make it to the village but cant find the vantage point and it gets dark. The actress convinces an old couple she is their granddaughter not because they think she is but because they wish it were so after losing their daughter. They shelter them for the night and drive them to the best point to see the trains cross. They discuss how much she really looks like their daughter and just wanted to believe for a minute. The actress chick's mom is an embittered bar girl who gave up her acting career and never made up contact with her parents. The not so coincidental things mean a lot.

The trains show up. Not telling if they get what they want. Parents are shown up by their children who are more mature, free of the bitterness and self defeat. The father even is told by his son that he needs to become a little more orderly and responsible instead of just being a hippie. The actress' mother is told to contact her parents, let them know she is alive. Lots of deep but everyday things are dealt with. Kore-eda does this in every film. He doesn't go for the hidden things but the normal world we see, but he is wise to that reality. He puts in the stuff we don't want to address in ourselves and finds a way to make us look at it anyway without harm. Truth is not popular.
I Wish is a wonderful movie and you should order it.

 
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